RANKING OF GHANA'S PUBLIC MINISTRIES - 2014-2016

Posted by Mr Bismark Kwofie

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The progress of the Republic of Ghana depends on the performance of the ministries and it agencies. In line with this, there is the need to monitor and rank the performances of the various 24 ministries in Ghana. 1.1 Aims • To provide the only consolidated source of information showcasing progress of the ministries; • To allows to learn from each other’s experiences, building on expertise and knowledge; • To generate (written) reports that contribute to transparency and accountability, and allows for lessons to be shared more easily; • To reveals mistakes and offers paths for learning and improvements; • To provides a basis for questioning • To provide means for ministries seeking to learn from their experiences and to incorporate them into policy and practice • To provide a way to assess the crucial link between implementers and beneficiaries on the ground and decision-makers; • To provide a more robust basis for raising funds and influencing policy. METHODOLOGY Process Undertaken The Ministries index is similar to other such initiatives around the world, The conception, design and execution of the research involved a number of important steps to ensure a robust, credible and transparent index. The process is briefly summarized below. 1. Detailed literature and data review; 2. Efficient criteria; i. Bureaucracy of the ministries ii. Use of technology to facilitate activities iii. Policy implementation iv. Achievements v. Quality services vi. Responds to stimuli vii. Transparency 3. Random sampling of 1,932 individuals (private and public workers, students and National Service Personnel)out of this 825 who, one way or the other did something with a ministry in the 10 regions of Ghana. It was observed that 58% of Ghanaians have never had anything doing with any of the 24 ministries. 4. Assessing the data; 5. Calculating of the index 6. Publication, dissemination and communications. The design of the work itself involved two main stages: (i) the selection of the most appropriate criteria, and (ii) the aggregation of the criteria into a simple index. These are both described below. Calculating the Index: Once the criteria were established and the data for each accessed, the information was compiled into the ministries index. This was done in two basic steps: (i) Ensuring that all criteria sat on a standard 0 to 100 percentage scale, where 0 is the worst (minimum) score and 100 is the best (maximum); (iii) Aggregating all the criteria for each Ministry without any weighting. This simply means that the final score for each Ministry was achieved by adding up the 7 criteria values and dividing the total by 7 to provide a simple average. This provides us with one single score for each individual Ministry by which all 24 can then be ranked. The simple methodology, similarly applied in other such indices around the world including the, enables us to quickly compare performance at a glance across the 24 ministries. It provides us with a multi-facet overview of how Ministries are doing, which are lagging behind and which are doing better than others. It is used to assess Ministries on their performance in specific areas. RESULTS From the survey, the Ministries were ranked from the 1st to the 24th 1. Ministry of foreign Affairs and Regional Integration 2. Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection 3. Ministry of Health 4. Ministry of Defence 5. Ministry of Local government and Rural development 6. Ministry of Finance 7. Ministry of Energy and Petroleum 8. Ministry of Communication 9. Ministry of Water Resources, Works and Housing 10. Ministry of Transport 11. Ministry of Education 12. Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations 13. Ministry of Roads and Highway 14. Ministry of Trade and Industries 15. Ministry of Power 16. Ministry of Interior 17. Ministry of Fisheries and Aquaculture Development 18. Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources 19. Ministry of Justice and Attorney General 20. Ministry of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs 21. Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts 22. Ministry of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation 23. Ministry of Food and Agriculture 24. Ministry of Youth and Sports MOFRI -1 MOGCSP -2 MOYS -3 MOFA -4 MOJAGD -5 MOEST I-6 MOCTA -7 MORH -8 MOH -9 MOE -10 MOT -11 MOELR -12 MOEP -13 MOP -14 MOTI -15 MOFAD-16 MOI -17 MOD -18 MOWRWH-19 MOLRD -20 MOC -21 MOTCCA -22 MOLNR -23 MOF -24 DISCUSSION On the use of technology in their activities, all the ministries scored below 40% except Ministry of foreign Affairs and Regional Integration which scored 35% as a result of some visas can be gotten online. Currently tickets can be booked and bought online. The Ministry’s website is the best in terms of updated information. Moreover information on the processes in acquiring a passport is accessible on the Ministry’s website. Ministry of Education scored 9% because of the little effort played in the Computerized School Selection placement System. It come out that the following ministries do not have a website; • Ministry of Lands and Natural Resources • Ministry of Chieftaincy and Traditional Affairs • Ministry of Employment and Labour Relations • Ministry of Power With regards to policy and policy implementation, the Ministry of Gender, Children and Social Protection led this criterion with 31% followed by Ministry of Health 16% with ministry of Youth and sports scoring 0.5% • National Social Protection Policy • School Feeding Policy • Justice for Children Policy • National Ageing Policy • Children and Family Welfare Policy • National Gender Policy Ministry of Education also implemented the ICT in Education Policy whilst Ministry of Health also implemented National Health Policy, Referral Policy and the National Nutrition Policy On the criterion of Transparency, all Ministries scored less than 50% except the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration. At least, you know the requirements to obtain a Visa and a passport. Also the Economic Partnership Agreement (EPA) was transparent. The same ministry has implemented visa free on arrival for all AU countries. Onather achievement, the ministries of foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, and Gender, Children and Social Protection scored 14% and 12% respectively. The ministries of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation, Food and Agriculture, Youth and Sports and Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts performed abysmally. The Ministry of Food and Agriculture had the following problems; • Poultry production not meeting the demand • In spite of the one million trees planting exercise, there are no visible facts of that. • Shortages of basic indigenous food stuffs. • Fertile lands sold to estate developers. • Farmers leaving the occupation to search for white coloured jobs. • No improvement on hybrid crops and livestock. The ministry of youth and sports also had the following problem; • National Youth Employment excess spending of GH¢ 180,000,000. • Profligate spending on 2014 World Cup which did not materialized . • Limited stadia and pitches throughout the country and lack of good management of the sport facilities. • Inability to qualify for the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio on the side of the U 23 as a result of funds. • Inability of the Handball team to qualify for the All African Games 2015 because they travelled by road to Niger. • Inability to implement the National Youth Policy, 2010. • High ascendency of ‘Sports drain’ as a result of non –attracting leagues • Commission of enquires being paid but doing nothing to promoting sports. RECOMMENDATIONS • Youth must be separated from the Sports Ministry and added to Science and Technology (Ministry of Youth, Science and Technology Innovation) with Directors for Youth, Science and Technology Innovation. • The National Youth Policy, 2010 should be implemented. • Environment should be added to the Local Government or to Water Resources. • All Ministries should have a good, functioning and updated websites. • The ministry of Lands and natural resource should use technology such as the Blockchain technology in registering lands. • Passports must be accessed online to ease decongestion. " :